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  • Taking the $0.25 45-man challenge!

    Hey guys, first time poster on the forums!

    I recently watched Ahar's "bankroll building blocks" session and decided to give it a shot. Starting with $10, I'll play $0.25 45-man SNGs and attempt to build my bankroll from that. The reason why I'm starting with $10 instead of $5 is because I'm quite inexperienced when it comes to tournaments, but we're all here to learn and evolve, right? If I lose the ten dollars, I definitely need to re-evaluate my tournament play, no doubt about that, but hopefully that won't happen!

    I know that it's praxis to name some goals here, but I'm going against the grain and just say that I'm going to significantly build my bankroll.

    And happy new year, everyone!

    Current bankroll: $86.49
    Last edited by Feskprins; Sat Feb 11, 2012, 10:01 PM.

  • #2
    Instead of wishing you Good Luck, I am starting a New Year's resolution early.

    Good Decisions!!

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    • #3
      Welcome to the forums and I wish you well.

      Good luck!

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      • #4
        Welcome and good luck with the challenge.
        Last edited by JWK24; Tue Mar 06, 2012, 12:33 AM.
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        6 Time Bracelet Winner


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        • #5
          Thank you!

          I got off to a rough start. I took some really bad beats causing me to bust out early in some of them, and one in the bubble, but that's poker! I also realized early (fortunately) that I need to work on my bubble and final table play overall. TheLangolier had some sessions about that, so I'm going to watch them.

          (values are net win)
          25/45 -$0.25
          17/45 -$0.25
          15/45 -$0.25
          9/45 -$0.25
          6/45 $0.37
          2/45 $1.97

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          • #6
            These tournaments are pretty good tilt management exercises. Luckily I'm a calm guy so it's not that much of a problem, really. I personally burst the bubble in the first one, all-in with KK and lost against KJ. I had aces three times in one of the other tourneys, all three of them in the BB, and everyone folded to me. I eventually picked up KK and ran into pocket aces (all-in preflop) versus an extremely loose-aggressive player. I'm learning more do's and dont's along the way so I'm sure I'll be able to turn this boat around!

            (values are net win)
            8/45 -$0.25
            12/45 -$0.25
            15/45 -$0.25
            3/45 $1.45
            27/45 -$0.25
            10/45 -$0.25
            24/45 -$0.25
            19/45 -$0.25
            23/45 -$0.25
            6/45 $0.37
            21/45 -$0.25
            14/45 -$0.25
            14/45 -$0.25

            EDIT: Actual placements may be off because HEM2 registers the 45-man tournaments as 18-man or 27-man tournaments for some reason. I'll write them down myself in the future.
            Last edited by Feskprins; Mon Jan 02, 2012, 06:57 AM.

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            • #7
              make sure you post results correctly to avoid future difficulties.
              gl y all
              6 Time Bracelet Winner


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              • #8
                I knew I'd have a hard time adjusting to tournaments since I've been playing cash games for so long, but I didn't believe I could be THIS bad at it. I'm a winning player at 100NL but beating $0.25 tournaments seems like a lifetime away. Sure, I've tons of suckouts with 88%+ equity, but I can't blame that, really. There's definitely something up with my play. Any help or material references would be greatly appreciated.

                (values are net win... or loss)
                43/45 -$0.25
                23/45 -$0.25
                9/45 -$0.25
                21/45 -$0.25
                18/45 -$0.25
                6/45 $0.37

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                • #9
                  I've done my homework on 45-man tournaments and MTTs in general and it's paying off. I also reviewed some of my hands and my problem is not being too loose, but rather too aggressive. These tourneys (at least on this level) provide way less fold equity post flop than I thought. Too bad it took me this long to realize such a simple thing. I adjusted my play a little better this time and I'm happy with the progress. Even though I'm break even after this many games (don't laugh at me or I'll slap you) I know that I'm gaining experience for the transition from cash games to tournaments.

                  19/45 -$0.25
                  12/45 -$0.25
                  8/45 -$0.25
                  38/45 -$0.25
                  7/45 $0.11
                  3/45 $1.45
                  18/45 -$0.25
                  15/45 -$0.25
                  5/45 $0.68
                  Last edited by Feskprins; Wed Jan 04, 2012, 12:26 PM.

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                  • #10
                    Slowly getting used to tournaments. Yes, I like to repeat myself.
                    I need to work on my endgame.

                    13/45 -$0.25
                    12/45 -$0.25
                    6/45 $0.32
                    9/45 -$0.25
                    2/45 $1.98

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                    • #11
                      hi...and welcome.! You look to be doing well....if you get yourself into gear, there is an area on the forum , under Online Events called "shares & stakings". I am a newbie like you, and I got lucky in that EdinFreeMan is staking the $6.25 bankroll for me, to do the Challenge. I'll let you do the spadework, but some other generous soul has offered a similar deal to the right candinate. ..maybe next month? Good Luckumbup: Richard

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by WeaselBasher View Post
                        hi...and welcome.! You look to be doing well....if you get yourself into gear, there is an area on the forum , under Online Events called "shares & stakings". I am a newbie like you, and I got lucky in that EdinFreeMan is staking the $6.25 bankroll for me, to do the Challenge. I'll let you do the spadework, but some other generous soul has offered a similar deal to the right candinate. ..maybe next month? Good Luckumbup: Richard
                        Hi! I didn't see your post because I missed the new page in the thread. I haven't seen the stakings section of the forum. I'll definitely look into it once I've gained some more experience. Even though it's not a huge share of money I don't feel like I want to "waste" it without knowing exactly what I'm doing. Nonetheless, I'll look into it. Thanks for the heads up! ------ I won't be posting all the results from now on because I noticed that there's way too many of the same thing. I feel like I'm adjusting pretty well in the transition from cash games to MTTSNGs and it's showing in the results. I took a couple of really bad beats and suckouts but I know I made the right plays so I don't worry too much about that. My bankroll is now up to $15.30 so I'm making progress from being a losing player, to breakeven, to making better decisions and making the money more often. These are a few,but not all, of the latest tourneys: (values are net win) 14/45 -$0.25 9/45 -$0.25 8/45 -$0.25 2/45 $1.97 5/45 $0.68 1/45 $2.98

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                        • #13
                          Hey Feskprins, great to hear that your transition from cash to tourney play is going well. Just so you know, in order to qualify for the prize for this challenge you must post up all your results in a certain format. Please see the sticky at the top of this forum.

                          Also you asked for some materials on tournament play. I strongly recommend watching the 3part video series on Sit 'n' Go's by Spacegravey. They can be found in the video archive. Although they are geared towards STT's, most of the material is also relevant for MTT's.

                          Good luck in the rest of your challenge.

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                          • #14
                            I actually didn't know that there was a competition before you mentioned it. I haven't saved all my results and I definitely wouldn't win anyways, so I guess I'll just have to try next month instead, unless there's some way to retrieve the exact results (I still have the tourney IDs) for the 61 games I have played. HEM2 doesn't import the actual placements.

                            I've had the worst run of cards today in _all_ my tourneys. I was the chip leader, and ran into aces with kings, down to 12BBs, shoved with tens, and ran into jacks. Then I lost with top pair to a guy who hit runner runner for a straight. Ran into AK with AQ. Just lost with kings in a huge pot against queens and jacks because four diamonds hit the board. All of these were in the bubble (9-14). I made way too spewy plays in bad spots in two of the tourneys though (right, Weasel? ) but I'm still up a couple of bucks so I could afford to experiment a little.

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                            • #15
                              You can request your results from Stars in the playing software.

                              Most people won't beat the challenge, but it is always a good idea to track your results properly because if you do beat it you can win a prize.

                              Don't fret too much about a bad run, I have also gone too many games without a cash. I am sure we will both find the money spots sooner rather than later.

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